Heather Dubendris, MSPH

Public Health Reporting & Education Manager

“Providing training and guidance based on expertise in public health surveillance systems promotes standardized reporting, benchmarking, and evaluation of data over time.”

Heather Dubendris is an epidemiologist with over 10 years’ experience working in public health. Heather served as the lead healthcare-associated infections (HAI) epidemiologist for the North Carolina Division of Public Health. In this role, Heather had primary responsibility over the surveillance and analysis of HAI data and provided communicable disease consultation to a variety of stakeholders.

At Lantana, Heather provides analytic and user support to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (AUR) and Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Modules. She analyzes and presents surveillance data, assists with module development, performs data quality outreach and develops guidance for submitting facilities and partners to inform public health and quality improvement efforts.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in community health education from the University of Maine and a Master of Science in public health (MSPH) from the University of South Carolina.


I’d like to travel to:  

Peru, Glacier National Park, Scotland, New Zealand.  

My favorite quote is: 

“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
― Mary Oliver  

When you were 8 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

A librarian or a doctor  

Downtime: how do you relax?  

Either drink tea and get cozy with a good book or get outside (go hiking, camping or exercise with friends)